This micro-exhibition in the MOV studio called c̓əc̓əwitəl̕ | helping each other | ch’áwatway, provides an opportunity for the 2019 YVR Art Foundation (YVRAF) scholarship recipients to exhibit their artworks. Each year, since 2005, recipients have exhibited their artworks at a celebratory event held at the Vancouver International Airport. This year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19.
The micro-exhibition, which will be on display until December 9, 2020, explores themes of resilience, memory, and identity, through reconnection with ancestral knowledge and lands. The title, written in both hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim, shows our respect for the teachings of our host communities – the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh Nations while acknowledging that this exhibition is taking place within their shared traditional territories. The title also recognizes the importance of mentorship and the value of sharing gained knowledge and skills with others in the community. Each of the featured artists has created an artwork that showcases the beauty and power of their respective teachings and spiritual gifts, some by illustrating elements of oral tradition, others by (re)creating objects of ceremony and prestige.
c̓əc̓əwitəl̕ | helping each other | ch’áwatway features the work of the 2019 YVR Art Foundation scholarship recipients including Stephanie Anderson, Morgan Asoyuf, Marlo Wylie Brillon, Ddhälh kït Nelnah / Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé, Reuben Mack, Atheana Picha, Kelly Robinson, Skilaaw / Captain Stewart-Burton, Joshua Watts, and Nathan Wilson.
The YVRAF’s scholarship program awards $5,000 annually to BC and Yukon Indigenous emerging and mid-career visual artists to pursue their art practice through mentorships, education or community-focused art projects.
(Photo & Story: Museum of Vancouver)